By: Steve Dellar | 10-15-2018 | News
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Sweden - All Against Anti-Immigrant Sweden Democrats Or New Elections

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Seven weeks after elections which spelled disaster for Sweden’s traditional parties and saw the right-wing anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats take nearly 20% of the vote, no new government has been formed.

Predictably, it had been up to Mr. Ulf Kristersson (pictured right), the leader of Sweden's conservative Moderate Party to try and form a coalition but some within his center-right bloc refused to speak to the Sweden Democrats and thus he gave up as of this morning again, making new elections a possibility.

As per the Swedish constitution, four attempts to form a coalition are allowed after voters go to the polls, otherwise, Sweden heads to another election (which could see the rightwing Sweden Democrats make further gains).

Related coverage: <a href=""> Sweden - 'First Time Ever' As Parliament Dismisses Leftwing Pro-EU Prime Minister Löfven</a>.

Would-be Prime Minister Mr. Ulf Kristersson said: "I have done what I can, for now," before throwing in the towel.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">While we&#39;re focused on Bavaria, delayed outcome of the Swedish election: the conservative Alliance won&#39;t cut a deal with the far-right Sweden Democrats, which means the Social Democrats have a chance to stay in power <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; 𝕸𝖆𝖙𝖙 𝕾𝖙𝖊𝖎𝖓𝖌𝖑𝖆𝖘𝖘 (@mattsteinglass) <a href="">October 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Scandinavian nation's September 9 election left both the center-right alliance of four parties and the center-left bloc both short of majorities in Sweden's 349-seat parliament, as the event many feared took place and the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats took 62 seats.

The leader of the Sweden Democrats, Mr. Jimmie Akesson (pictured left) stated on Sunday: "Either a party is willing to talk to us or we will head for another election."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The leader of <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Sweden</a> Moderate Party, Ulf Kristersson, said on Sunday he had been unable to get enough support for a center-right coalition government, putting the task of finding a candidate for prime minister back in the hands of parliament&#39;s speaker.<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Sweden</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; M N A (@mnaEN) <a href="">October 14, 2018</a></blockquote>

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“Seven weeks have already passed since election night and the positions are well known,” Mr. Akesson said. “A few more meetings should be enough.”

It is true that there are as from now only three logic solutions left. Either one of the blocs agrees to cooperate with the Sweden Democrats, either they form a grand coalition against that party or they organize new elections.

In any case, all polls taken since election night indicate that new elections would only see Mr. Akesson gain more votes.

Sweden's September 2018 focused on issues of housing, health care and welfare services, and Europe's 2015 migrant crisis. Mr. Stefan Lofven, the former Prime Minister (pictured middle) was ousted after a no-confidence vote in parliament (see our related coverage).


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Anonymous No. 39422 2018-10-15 : 12:16

Go to another election! Don't cuck.

Anonymous No. 39438 2018-10-15 : 14:49

Just nuke Sweden already

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